## Spring Venn Friends

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I LOVE using Venn diagrams with kids.  They are so easy to make and are the perfect way to introduce compare and contrast writing.

A Venn diagram is so simple that even my Y5’s easily understood them, plus they really enjoyed making them.

My college comp students also like the concept.  One of their personal favorites was comparing two soft drinks.

As they share which is their favorite, we narrow it down to two and then I bring the drinks in for the next class. Almost every semester Coke and Mountain Dew wins out.

They worked in small groups and made a Venn diagram comparing the soda, sipping as they worked.  Using their laptops they also found out differences via the Internet.  It’s my fun way to introduce them to writing a compare and contrast essay.

For little ones, I introduced the concept of a Venn diagram using 2 Hula-Hoops and index cards.  We brainstormed the differences and similarities of whatever we were working on.

Write these things on the board and give each student an index card to write one of the similarities or differences on.  Using clip art, you can also have two pictures to put inside the appropriate hoops along with header cards: similar and different.

Lay the Hula-Hoops on the floor and intersect them to look like a Venn diagram. Put your picture and header cards in the appropriate sections, and then have students lay their index cards where they belong.

For spring, I wanted to make this into a “craftivity” so I chose bunnies.  Their bellies are the Venn diagram.  I call them Venn Friends because half the students choose a friend’s name out of the Easter basket who they then team up with.

To make it a special keepsake, include their school photo.  There's a checklist of 40 ideas that students can find out about each other.  Through discussion, they discover similarities and differences and then choose which ones they want to put on their Venn diagram.

These make an adorable spring or April bulletin board.   Later, each student can take their own bunny head home and the teacher can keep the Venn portions as examples.

I've also included a whole-group graphing extension, which will show if students were more alike, or more different than their partner.

Besides the bunny Venn Friend, I also made a tulip one, so you could give your students a choice.  That one also includes a graphing activity.

Thanks for visiting.  It's "supposed" to get into the 60's today, so my feet have hit the floor running.  I want to open all the windows and bring springtime inside.  Wishing you a sweet day.

"Spring: rebirth,renewal, and regrowth." -Unknown